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    Default Recommended reads for a first time mum

    Hi All,

    I am currently 15weeks pregnant, and although still early days I am keen to start reading up about all things pregnancy related. There are so many options available so I would really like some recommendations from other members.

    Thank you!!

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    Anything and everything.. I'm a FTM too.. 27 weeks... I have a small library of pregnancy/labour/breastfeeding etc books... I still find that I'm mostly looking up specific questions I have on the Internet... 😊 enjoy your pregnancy..

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    Hmmm.. I think I read too much with my first and was overwhelmed. What kind of books are you looking for? Birth books? Baby books?

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    Everyone's different, but my suggestions would be:
    Juju Sundin's book 'birth skills'. I found it so helpful in reducing stress surrounding the birth of my first bub. Helped me to feel a lot more confident.
    A bit of info on how infant sleep works (their sleep cycles, how little time it can be before they're overtired etc.), and lots of info about how breastfeeding works (takes a while for supply and demand to match, constant feeding is normal, feeling 'empty' doesn't mean you're not making milk) etc. if you're planning to breastfeed.
    That's it for me. Useful information to help you understand how babies/your body works, so that you can make informed decisions that you're comfortable with. Personally I'd avoid any reading material with advice, or ideas of what you 'should' do, as it can often add to anxiety about whether you're doing things 'right' (spoiler: there is no right in parenting!).

    Congrats on your pregnancy, and good luck

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    I didn't read last time as I wanted to go with my instincts. This time I'm reading birth skills.

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    I bought a book Your Babycare Bible that I wish I had bought before the birth because it was so good. It is organised by the age of your baby from the second of birth onwards. It is very down to earth and practical. It has a matching book Your Pregnancy Bible but I never bought it so I can't say what it is like. I bought the baby care book from big w when my baby was a few weeks old.

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    I've just bought the discontented little baby by dr Pamela Douglas.

    I've also got Penelope leach's your baby and child. it's an old staple my mum's era used but it's been updated many times over the years.

    that's about it so far. not wanting to get overwhelmed.

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    Birth skills by juju and one good book on breastfeeding.

    Other than that I just use the raising children network website which is a gold mine of evidence based articles.
    Everything you need to know from trying to conceive to being a parent of a 18yo is on there.
    I usually send the link to their "baby cues" video to my pregnant friends. All you need to know is how to read your baby and you'll be right 😁

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    Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke and also Kid Wrangling by her, light hearted read.

    Birth by Robin Barker was my bible in the first year then I moved to her Mighty Toddler book. She has a cookbook too and I still use it and my kids are 6 and 9, great quick easy family friendly recipes.

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    I read Birth Skills and Up The Duff, which were both great.
    I do wish I had also read books that dealt with taking care of the baby post birth though. I think I fell into the trap of focusing so much on the pregnancy and birth that I forgot about the whole caring for a baby bit which I found quite overwhelming.

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